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The county will have speed cameras that also catch jumpers at red lights

Cameras capable of catching motorists speeding or crossing a red light are installed at two locations in Lancashire.

The infrared cameras will be installed at locations controlled by traffic lights – the A59 county road in Ormskirk and the point where the main road meets Hayfield Road, LancsLive reports.

Lancashire County Council has already said that if they work well they could be extended to other areas under its control.

His firm was told the same kit had been used at Blackburn with Darwen and was catching up to 70 offenses a day on a regular basis.

The meeting also learned that the cameras could be easily installed, as they do not require any underground wiring and therefore can be placed without digging the road.

It also meant that the cameras could be moved easily.

Tory cabinet member for highways and transport Charlie Edwards said if Ormskirk’s trial is successful he would like to see the deterrent extended to other “appropriate places”.

Motorists who get caught will receive fixed fines for not stopping at red lights or going past the green.

However, the hope of motorway bosses is that the cameras will promote safer driving.

Citing the ‘devastating’ toll of deaths and serious injuries to children, particularly on Lancashire roads, County Cllr Edwards said it was something ‘we really need to do everything we can to address’ .

The latest data shows there are 33.8 deaths or serious injuries per 100,000 young people in the county, compared to an English average of 18.

The Labor opposition group has welcomed the rollout of the new cameras, with Deputy Leader Lorraine Beavers raising the possibility of them being installed by default on all new traffic lights in the county – and funding the retrofitting of existing ones via the fines that the infrared kit will generate.

Labor leader Azhar Ali said he hoped “habits will change” when drivers learn their traffic light technique is being scrutinized.

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Michael Green said he believed all advisers would have “examples [of] where we could put it to good use in the future”.

He added: “It’s a good plan to tackle an issue that’s important to our residents – traffic speed is often raised as a concern and it’s good that we’re looking at new ways to address this. problem.”

The Ormskirk cameras are being partly funded by the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership after accident data from the junctions where they are to be installed revealed a number of casualties following red lights.

Lancashire County Council will cover the rest of the cost, but the overall bill was discussed in a closed-door part of the meeting.

Cabinet members approved a waiver from the usual procurement rules to allow the authority to buy directly from the only supplier of this type of infrared system which is approved by the Home Office, Jenoptik Limited.

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